Thursday 1 October, 2020

T&T abstains in critical UN vote on Jerusalem

Trinidad and Tobago was one of 35 countries that abstained on a critical vote to declare the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital as 'null and void'.

Other countries that abstained included other US allies such as Canada, Australia, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda.

Nine countries voted against the motion; namely the US, Israel, Honduras, Guatemala, Togo, Micronesia, Palau, Marshall Islands and Nauru.

The UN General Assembly voted 128-9 on Thursday to declare US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital 'null and void'.

Thursday's vote, while a victory for the Palestinians, was significantly lower than its supporters had hoped for, with many forecasting at least 150 "yes" votes.

21 countries were absent.

Earlier, US Ambassador Nikki Haley threatened the 193 UN member states and the United Nations with funding cuts if the General Assembly approved the resolution.

Haley told an emergency meeting of the assembly that "no vote in the United Nations will make any difference" on the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which will go ahead because "it is the right thing to do".

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